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Kind of you to reply so quickly. Please don’t feel bad about mentioning what might be obvious but in fact I had made sure that option was ticked (and I also tried it without but it made no difference). Strangely, I had the app some time ago on a previous computer and had no problem then, which was why I was all the more surprised when I had these printing problems. It is at least a little comforting to realise that I’m not the only one (although clearly in a very small minority!)
Alan, I get this too. I think it’s something to with your printer driver.
If you’ve not already solved this here’s how I get round it.
Solution 1 (not so good)
My printer is an HP Deskjet 3070 which is OK but pretty basic. If I go to Properties on the Print window where I choose the printer I can choose an “Advanced” button. Here are various default options.
One is Borderless Printing which seems to default to “Print with Border”. Printing with this option gives what you describe. If I change this to “Print Borderless” the print is all on the page but the last bit of the page is in Blue!
Solution 2 (Better)
If you’re using Windows 7 or Vista print your crossword to the “Microsdoft XPS Document Writer”. This writes the print to an XPS file for which you have to choose a name and location.
Double click on this file afterwards and it will open in the “XPS Viewer”. It should look OK and printing from here will also be OK.
Please can anyone recommend a crossword designer that is free to use and accessible via the web? I can see that a few come up when searching but I wondered if people here could recommend a good one to use.
Hughr: Go here http://www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/crosswordcompiler.htm
You have to use the contact link to send an e-mail saying you want that app. He will reply with instructions as to how to obtain it. Nice chap, I helped beta test the latest version(s), so had lots of interaction to form that opinion. The software is seriously good. I’ve paid money for much worse apps than this excellent freebie.
I don’t know if you were around the last time the Graun played silly b’s with the crossword pages but there was no consultation beforehand.
The whole point of visiting the beta is to fill in the feedback survey and tell them why it’s atrocious. Paul @407 illustrates one, no links to a lot of the content. They won’t get it right unless they are told what’s wrong.
To get out of the beta for certain requires deleting any Guardian cookies.
I know what you are saying but I honestly believe that the Guardian IT goons haven’t even started designing the new crossword page yet. All that’s happened is some rough “placeholding” stuff and this is nothing like the final offering.
The link to Beta is probably there on all pages and shouldn’t be on the Crossword page yet.
Any comments will probably be ignored at the moment
Belay that. Depending on the browser, xsolver2 seems to redirect to xsolver. xsolver works, but not on the older version of IE that I normally use. Please don’t say, well update IE because there are reasons why I prefer the version I use.
I use the latest version of the Adobe Reader and the FT puzzle fills an A4 sheet, so none of your problems. Just make sure that, when the ‘Print Dialogue’ box appears, the ‘Page Sizing & Handling’ section has both the ‘Fit’ and ‘Auto portrait/landscape’ options selected.